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CPCP Recertification: Exam Method

Recertifying Through the Exam Method

This page is intended for current CPCPs interested in the exam method for recertification. The other option is recertification via points.


Where to Start

After your certification period begins and you've determined that you will want to pursue recertification via exam in three years:

  • Note that testing is offered three times per year—in April (Annual Conference) June and October for which the application deadlines are in February, April and August, respectively.
  • Identify when you will need to apply to take the exam.
  • Follow the application process, including paying the applicable fee. The process is nearly the same as when you first pursued certification except Section A. of the application (Eligibility and Background Information) does not apply.
  • Schedule your exam and prepare accordingly.


About Recertification Via Exam


There is a timing restriction to prevent CPCPs from taking the same version of the exam that they already passed. The following rule is based on the timing of the exam—not the deadline for submitting the exam application and payment.

A current CPCP can only take the exam nine months or less prior to the expiration date of the CPCP's three-year certification period.

Passing the Examination

By passing the exam, you will receive a congratulatory letter and new CPCP certificate. The new three-year certification period will not begin until your current certification period ends. You do not need to separately apply for recertification with the NAPCP. Taking and passing the exam is all that is required.

Failing the Examination

A CPCP who fails the exam will lose his or her certified status and must cease using the CPCP credential once his or her current three-year certification period ends. The CPCP's current certification period is not prematurely shortened as a result of exam failure. The CPCP is not eligible to apply for recertification through the points method as an alternative.

To pursue certification again, the individual would need to follow the same process as applicants pursuing initial eligibility, including completing the application process and taking and passing the examination.

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